Summer Break 2017: Michael Muro’s trip to Italy, Part 1


In this posting I share some updates on the Memorial Day Carnicelli-Muro family meet-up I joined and some details about Michael’s current trip to Italy.

Relationship Notes



Michael Muro’s and EmilyAnn May’s pedigree charts showing our common ancestor, eNicola (Nick) Muro.  EmilyAnn’s shows just her maternal line.

giuseppa carnicelli

EmilyAnn’s Pedigree Chart showing descent from her4th Great Grandmother, Giuseppa Carnicelli

–Michael Muro, Nick Muro and I share Nicola Muro as our common ancestor.
Nicola (Nick after coming to the U.S.) Muro was Michael and Nick’s paternal Grandfather.
Nicola was my Great Grandfather through the maternal line.

–Giuseppe Carnicelli is descended from the branch of the Carnicelli family from which my 4th Great Grandmother Giuseppa Carnicelli came from.
Like other descendants with ancestors from Agropoli, Michael Muro also has a connection with the Carnicelli family.  Micheal and Giuseppe are cousins.

We have not discovered the common ancestor between Giuseppe Carnicelli and me but perhaps in time we will.

Like Michael, I consider the connection a living one.  And in keeping with the Muro family approach, we call each other Cousin.  There is no such thing as First, Second, Third or Cousin 1 time removed, 2 times removed and so on.  We share bloodlines and a common ancestral hometown.  Good enough–it’s all family!

Our Memorial Day Get-together

bklyn hts wine bat 52917 a

At the Brooklyn Wine Bar.  Left to right:  Giuseppe, Michael and Nick.

During Memorial Day weekend I had a very pleasant meet-up with Cousins Michael and Nick Muro.  I met another relative I now consider a cousin, Giuseppe Carnicelli.  Giuseppe stayed with Michael for three months while they toured several towns and visited relatives in the U.S.  At the same time Giuseppe took English language conversation, reading and writing classes in Pittsburgh during the times they were not travelling.

We met up at The Brooklyn Wine Bar in historic Brooklyn Heights.  The venue was much, much smaller than the way it appeared on their website and the menu much more limited on a weekend.  What made the afternoon memorable was sharing our family stories and catching up all recent developments.  After lunch we took a short walk around Brooklyn Heights to make sure we sent Giuseppe back to Agropoli with some scenes that included shots in front of brownstones, old townhouses and a park in the area.

Photos from the Muro-Carnicelli Get-together, Sunday May 28th, 2017


Nick Muro, Giuseppe Carnicelli and Michael Muro in park across from the Brooklyn Wine Bar.


Giuseppe Carnicelli outside one of the historic townhouses in Brooklyn Heights.

giuseppe brownstone

Pretty townhouses aside, we couldn’t leave Brooklyn Heights before getting a photo of Giuseppe in front of a brownstone house.  Many of these brownstones are 100 years old or more.

Update from Michael Muro while he is vacationing in Italy

I heard from Michael this past week.  After July 4th he returned to Italy with Giuseppe.  Giuseppe continues with his English studies via Skype three times a week.  Michael thinks he will do well when he takes an exam on his English langage skills for admission to the University in Torino next month.

On either July 28th or 29th Michael and Giuseppe will travel to Calabria to visit Antonio Aiello, the nephew of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro (Michael’s Grandmother).   Antonio and his wife Aldisa will be there.  Antonio’s son and two daughters will be in town as well.  Michael is looking forward to meeting more of his newly discovered relatives from Calabria and learning more about his beloved Grandma Rose, as well.  Antonio shared many letters and photos during the last visit.

Michael will share more about his vacation in the weeks ahead.

For more details on Michael’s first meeting with Antonio and Aldisa please visit this posting:

17 thoughts on “Summer Break 2017: Michael Muro’s trip to Italy, Part 1

    • Thank you, Amy! Maybe one day that will happen but for now I’m very happy with what I have received and that includes all my online friends here at WordPress. Your blog took me to Germany and I walked the streets and saw the sights with you–and all from the comfort of my home! So for now being an armchair traveler is an educational and enjoyable past time.

      • *Smile*. I hope one day you do. I’ll probably learn more about Italy from you than I did in school. I can see why you were a school teacher. You have a gift for thorough explanations but with a light touch. It is so easy to delve very deeply into a topic and get swept away with the findings. But you don’t do that. I’ve become familiar with your family and that’s a sign that even non-relatives are responding and learning lessons from what the family went through. What sticks in my mind are your postings on the Johnstown Flood, for example.

      • Aw, thanks so much, Emily! I am very flattered. And I feel the same way about your posts—I love how you explain step by step what you are learning and also always explaining how these people connect to you. We all learn from each other.

      • Let me clarify. I mean that you are thorough and stay on topic. Sometimes I find myself meandering all over with research findings. That’s when my Uncle tells me to cut it from the draft. Editing is brutal but what emerges is improved after the process is completed.

      • Well, I edit also! I’ve made myself keep my posts under 2000 words (except in really unusual circumstances), finding that after that even my attention wanders (too much internet). So I am always editing and moving things to a new post when I feel I am meandering off point. That’s what good writing takes—lots of editing.

  1. How wonderful to see all of these connections of your family members. I love how much you all share and work together. I hope the reports from the Italy trip are helpful and enjoyable for you. 🙂

    • Thank you so much. I’m so glad that Michael is sharing his trip with us. I was going to post about my childhood neighborhood but that’s jumping too far ahead in time.

Comments are closed.